Date: 6th March 2007 at 12:32am
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Hearts won 2-0 away to Motherwell tonight, a result that does the Dons no favours but Jimmy Calderwood will be encouraged by the amount of chances the North Lanarkshire club created against one of Aberdeen`s Euro rivals.

Twice Laryea Kingston cleared certain goals off the line and Motherwell should also have scored a tap in when James Paterson tried to round Craig Gordon instead of cueing Smith up for a sitter.

The result sets Saturday`s match up as even more crucial than before and Jimmy knows that there is no hiding place now as the clubs go into it even on points.

Calderwood said: ‘If we want to finish ahead of Hearts we are going to have to beat them somewhere along the way.

‘I know that, the players know that and I’m sure the Aberdeen fans know that.

‘We have 10 games to go now and are still hanging in there with Rangers and Hearts for the European places.

‘I doubt if anyone would have predicted that at the start of the season and we know our task will be a bit easier if we come out on top at the weekend.

‘It’s likely we will have to go to Tynecastle when after the SPL splits, so it would be better to go there with a points gap to our advantage. And don’t forget we have beaten Hearts down there already. No matter what happens we are guaranteed an exciting end to the campaign.’

Jimmy wants the win for many reasons but he would love it especially so people actually realise how well Aberdeen have done this season.

‘If we do that it will be difficult not to praise my players,’ he said.

‘I accept some of our performances haven’t been as pleasing on the eye as we would all like.

‘But we weren’t helped by the loss of key players, like Jamie Smith, for long spells. And don’t forget we have continued winning.

‘The players have put in a tremendous amount of effort to get us to the position we are in and I know they are determined to see the job through.’